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Bonding company ordered to produce contested documents (access required)

In a case involving a company that posts bonds for those being held in immigration detention centers while they await court cases, disputes over the scope and sensitivity of discovery requests were resolved. Background This matter comes before the court ...

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Disparate pay claims against Walmart dismissed (access required)

Eight former female employees failed to provide sufficient facts to support their allegations that Walmart discriminated against them on the basis of sex by paying them less than similarly qualified or less-qualified men and by failing to promote them in ...

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Jurisdiction grounded on ‘federal enclave’ (access required)

Where an alleged wrongful termination, common-law conspiracy and statutory conspiracy occurred at the Redford Arsenal, land ceded to the United States, there was subject matter jurisdiction because the land was a “federal enclave.” The same claims, however, failed as a ...

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Testimony critical of patient’s life care plan admissible (access required)

Where a registered nurse criticized the plaintiff’s life care plan, her testimony was allowed because it did not require a physician’s review, concerns of prejudice were mitigated by the bench trial and her methodology was sufficiently reliable. Additionally, where the ...

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Attorneys are sanctioned for bad-faith litigation conduct (access required)

Where attorneys admitted in Virginia and from outside Virginia acted in bad faith in connection with two consumer bankruptcies, the record supported the bankruptcy court’s imposition of practice and monetary sanctions. For the out-of-state attorneys, however, the amount of sanctions ...

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Employee did not prove Title VII violations (access required)

Where the plaintiff’s co-worker did not engage in similar conduct; the employer provided a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for alleged differing treatment; the employee did not demonstrate pretext for discrimination or retaliation and the employer responded to his complaints, the employer ...

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Sanctions on bankruptcy firm, lawyers are upheld (access required)

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A Roanoke federal judge has upheld penalties against two Virginia lawyers who teamed up with a short-lived, Chicago-based national bankruptcy firm accused of high-pressure sales tactics and litigation misconduct. U.S District Judge Michael F. Urbanski refused to undo $5,000 sanctions ...

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Defendants’ motion for ‘trifurcation’ rejected (access required)

Where a trial against prisoner transportation companies had already been bifurcated into a liability/compensatory portion and a separate punitive damages portion, the first phase of trial will not be further bifurcated because it would inconvenience the parties, the witnesses, the ...

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Action over worker classification stays in Virginia (access required)

Where the plaintiff filed suit in the Western District alleging he and a nationwide class of workers were misclassified as independent contractors, his motion to change venue to Texas was rejected because defendants and documents are located here, and Texas ...

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Sentence reduced to time served under First Step Act (access required)

Although the government argued that the defendant should be sentenced based on the amount of cocaine for which he was found responsible under the Presentence Investigation Report, or PSR, the defendant qualified for a sentence reduction under the First Step ...

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